By JIM BUTLER
When a special operation in Rapides Parish cast its net recently for probation and parole violators one very familiar fish was in the catch.
Allen Craig Bell, 46, of Alexandria was among 45 nabbed in the multi-jurisdictional sweep.
He is charged with three counts of contempt of court, three counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, illegal carrying firearm with drugs, possession of paraphernalia and possession of CDS I 14 grams or less marijuana, tetracycline or chemical derivatives thereof.
Most recently Bell had been picked up on three contempt warrants and jailed on Feb. 14. He posted $51,000 bond the next day.
That Valentines Day booking was Bell’s first since September 2020, when he was charged as a fugitive and on a contempt count. He posted bail a week later.
A year earlier Bell was arrested twice in 10 days.
On Feb. 13, 2019 he was booked as a fugitive and also charged with flight from an officer, disturbing the peace sound system, trespass remaining after forbidden and contempt of court. He posted $3,000 bond the next day.
On Feb. 25 he was back in familiar surroundings, charged with:
Parole violation, simple assault, cyberstalking by electronic mail, false imprisonment, trespassing remaining after forbidden, possession of paraphernalia and possession CDS III.
He made $14,600 bail on April 9.
Initial appearance of Bell in accessible Rapides Parish Jail records is September 2014, when he was accused of illegal carrying of a firearm.
He made headlines in February 2017 after a traffic stop by Alexandria officers.
As a result he was charged with resisting arrest by false statement, resisting by flight, unauthorized entry and battery of an officer.
At year’s end, Dec. 28, 2017, he was accused of three counts of contempt, theft, possession of paraphernalia, possession of CDS II and possession, manufacture, distribution, dispense CDS II.
He was in jail more than a year until posting $19,100 bail on Jan. 16, 2019.
Currently, the fish is back in the sea, making $45,000 bail on July 5.
All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.